Great Outdoor Backyard Game Ideas

Oh Shit Game 

Try these Great Outdoor Backyard Game Ideas.  Games like Horseshoes, Cornholes, Giant Jenga.  Learn how to play, a nerve-tingling game called “OH SHIT”.  There are rules of play,  for games like Beer Pong and Backyard Pong Golf. Try BeersBee, Croquet, and Ringtoss to name a few more. One of my favorites is the Bimini Ring and Hook Game.

With spring here and Summer around the corner, the time to BBQ or just relax outside with friends and family is here.  This time of year I like to,” step up my game”, as far as entertaining outside. Why be inside when you can enjoy the outdoors. To keep things new and entertaining I’m always on the lookout for new Outdoor Backyard Game Ideas. Who doesn’t like a good game of Horseshoes or Cornholes? But playing the same game year after year can lose its appeal. You almost have to drag yourself out to the overgrown horseshoe pit that you made a few years ago. But you can add a little zest back to the area by integrating a game of Cornholes to the same spot.



This is not true. Some games can be played in the smallest of areas. The first time I saw a Giant Jenga game I was at a small tavern in oldtown Scottsdale. I stepped outside to their smoking patio to see what all the cheering and laughter were about. And there stood this Giant Jenga. I had no idea at the time what Jenga was or how to play it. But the laughter was enough to keep me there watching.

I fell in love with Jenga that day. I also drove my husband nuts that day when I tried to convince him that we should make our own Giant Jenga game and that we needed to stop by a  lumber store, on our way home and get the 2×4’s that we needed.  I’m glad the beers weren’t going down his throat, as well as they were for me, that day. Seeing that we were out for a ride on his new Harley-Davidson.

The point is if that tiny smoking patio can offer hours of entertainment with a game then so can yours.




Giant Jenga
playing Jenga


Since I was just talking about this game I figured I would start my list of game ideas with the Giant Jenga. This game is inexpensive to buy or an easy DIY project all you need is some 2×4’s a little sandpaper and some colorful paint. You can save money by using art and craft paint instead of buying multiple colors of house paint. How to build your own Giant Jenga Game can be found, Build a Giant Jenga



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Beer Pong
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EVENT DAY FAVORITE: The center of attention at house parties, BBQs, tailgates, campsites, holiday weekends, and more.  




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Perfect for indoor or outdoor house parties and events, BBQ’s, tailgating, camping, beach bonfires, bars, pubs, nightclubs… bring it with you and play the game anywhere                 
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GLOWPONG target game is awesome for indoor or outdoor house parties, events, BBQs, tailgating, camping, beach bonfires, bars, pubs, nightclubs… bring it with you and play the game anywhere


Who doesn’t like a good game of Beer Pong? In this game, it’s ok to be on the losing team, if handing over your keys and taking a cab home is your goal. You don’t have to drink alcohol to play this game, though. A non-alcohol beer or a favorite non-alcohol beverage can be substituted. Not nearly as entertaining, though. The goal of the game is to make the opposing team drink, after you have tossed, thrown, or bounced a ping pong ball into one of the 10 solo cups arranged into a triangle in front of them.  If the ball lands in any one of the cups they are to drink the contents of the cup, minus the ball of course, then remove cup from the playing field. The play goes on until one of the teams has no more cup, crowning the other team the winner.


I love it when a game becomes so well known that you can put a little twist to it, and it is easily recognizable. Take a look at some of my favorite backyard outdoor game twists.

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Anyone can play, even if you never picked up a golf club! You will love playing it with your friends in the backyard or lawn.
affiliate linkUpgrade your chipping net by combining the latest craze of Cornhole Golf with the already fun and exciting Pong Golf. This backyard game is a great alternative to cornhole and is enjoyed by kids and adults. It is a perfect gift for all golf lovers.


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The floating table has a complete 10-cup beer pong set up on each end, with handy compartments for play balls and extra balls. 4 additional cup holders provide convenient access to drinks (or for a wash cup, or for stacking cups not in play).